Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Kosovo will be looking to avoid relegation to League D when they take on Moldova in their last group game in the Nations League. The Kosovars were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Slovenia at the weekend, but Atalanta ace Josip Ilicic eventually scored a late winner for the hosts from the penalty spot. Muharrem Sahiti’s troops are eager to get back on course, and it seem as if they will not have a better chance than this to do so.
Milot Rashica is out of contention for the hosts, and, in his absence a man to watch in the home team will be Vedat Muriqi, who found the net in the 2-1 loss to Slovenia. Bernard Berisha will have to serve his ban against Moldova. The visitors, on the other hand, are on a four-game losing run in Group 3, and even though Kosovo will be without several first-team regulars in Wednesday’s clash, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Bersant Celina):
After starting his youth career at Stromsgodset, Bersant Celina moved to Manchester City youth academy in 2012. Two years later the midfielder, who was born in FR Yugoslavia on September 9, 1996, signed a three-year professional contract with the Citizens, but he made no more than one appearance for the big-spending club in the Premier League.
Bersant Celina came as a substitute for David Silva in a 3-1 home loss to Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on February 6, 2016. Celina played for the likes of Twente and Ipswich Town before joining Swansea City for a fee of £3 million.
Speaking of his international career, the 181-cm tall midfielder played for Norway U15, U16, U17 and U21 teams, but he represents Kosovo senior team on the international stage. Bersant Celina made his debut for Kosovo in September 2014 against Oman. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Moldova):
Seeing that they were a part of Soviet Union until 1991, Moldova played their first game as an independent country on July 2, 1991. The Moldovans were beaten by Georgina in front of home fans in Chisinau, but the following year the team recorded their biggest win on the international stage as they rolled over Pakistan 5-0 in Amman, Jordan.
The former Soviet republic have yet to qualify for the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, but they recorded a couple of thrilling wins in the past. Moldova crushed Montenegro 5-2 in Podgorica in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but they eventually failed to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Brazil.
The Moldovans were producing fine showings under Igor Dobrovolskiy in the 2008 European Championship qualifiers as well and it has to be noted that they hammered Hungary 3-0 at Stadionul Zimbru on November 17, 2007. Russian Premier League star Alexandru Gatcan is considered one of the most famous Moldavian footballers.